Visitor’s visa and residence permit

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.

Ethiopian citizens must apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of Ethiopia need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days.

Applications for residence permits are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi

For information on how to apply for a residence permit, please visit the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi's website.

Representation agreements
 represents Norway in Ethiopia, which means that applications for Schengen visas to Norway are handled by the Embassy of Sweden. Please visit their website for more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa.

Inquiries about Schengen visas should be addressed to the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi by email ( or phone +254 (0) 709-964060.

Non-Ethiopian nationals without valid residence permits in Ethiopia
Kindly note that applicants who are non-Ethiopian nationals, and who do not have a valid residence permit in Ethiopia, must submit their visa applications at the Norway counter at VFS Global in Addis Ababa. These applications will be processed by the Embassy of Norway in Nairobi. For information on how to apply for a Schengen visa to Norway for non-Ethiopian nationals, please click here